Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 2002

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Theatre Production

Committee Chair

Michael Smith

Second Committee Member

Brenda Hubbard

Third Committee Member

Wesley Van Tassel


Steel Magnolias, by Robert Harling, is a poignant tragicomedy set in the fictional town of Chinquapin, Louisiana from 1983 to 1985. The play's setting is a beauty salon that serves as psychiatrist's office, confessional and home away from home for several women of the town. This play reflects the strong sisterhood needed by women as they struggle through life's tragedies and rejoice during life's triumphs. The play presents characters that learn to grow stronger as they face each new obstacle. They are able to persevere because of the strong community of women to which they belong.